John Partridge to star in Cabaret at Belfast’s Grand Opera House this October
To TV watchers Partridge may best be known as winner 2018’s Celebrity Master Chef or Eastenders’ Christian Clarke. To theatre lovers his credentials are impeccable. Partridge joined the Royal Ballet Lower School before training in musical theatre at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts and then the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.
His theatrical ‘big break’ came in 1987 when he appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and in 1988 was promoted to dance captain as the show went on tour.
His other theatre outings including A Chorus Line and Dames ‘n’ Dudes, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles along with many Christmas panto leading men roles. He was also a judge on Lloyd Webber’s reality TV show Over the Rainbow, a talent show to find a new Dorothy for Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz.
The 2019 tour is presented by Bill Kenright and directed by Rufus Norris. Based on the book by Joe Masteroff and featuring the music of John Kander and lyrics of Fred Ebb, Cabaret debuted on Broadway in 1966 and then The West End in 1968. Since then it has rarely been out of production.
Set in 1931 Berlin, with the Nazis on the march, Partridge is set to play Emcee, the owner of a somewhat debauched cabaret club. Famed for its elaborate costume changes, enthralling choreography and musical theatre hits such as Money Makes the World Go Round, Maybe This Time, and of course its title song Cabaret.
Other leading names are to be announced in the near future.
Tickets are bound to fly out for this classic, so best get in early and visit http://www.goh.co.uk or phone the box office on: 02890 241919
Cabaret plays the Grand Opera House from Tuesday, October 8 to Saturday October 12